2016 has been and eventful year.
Friday the 1st of July saw us perform to a sell out show at the Festival Theater with the Aw Blacks and our band. Then on Monday 4th July I watched the Usher Hall sell 80% of our tickets in one day. We crashed their phones lines apparently, or is that just an urban myth? I’m told their phone lines crashed as people were desperate to get their hands on tickets for this show. (Friday 25th November 2016).
So sales were clearly not going to be a problem and all attention could firmly focus on getting 450 Sing in the City members on that stage and ready to perform to 2200 people with myself and the band.
Some of the lyrics to our original song Looking at you, looking at me
This is part of lyric taken from one of our original songs written by myself and Annette Hanley. We wrote it with the Aw Blacks in mind about 2 years ago, originally to try to get them to understand the level of professionalism we were looking for at every show, every event and every performance.
‘Earn the right’…. what does it mean?
To me it means, prepare, practice, perform. Never take for granted how lucky you are to be standing on any stage singing to an appreciative audience.
Our Festival Theater audience during Smile
So now Sing in the City have coaches, musicians and members all working hard to put on our biggest show in our biggest venue yet. We have 450 members from all backgrounds, all ages all committed to do this and do this well.
I don’t know what this event means to them, I’m hoping they tell me in posts once this is published but I do know it means the world to me. My first gig was in a bar in Leith called the ‘Dirty Windaes’. I started to learn my trade in this pub as a 17 year old singer/musician, not even old enough to drink in the bar, never mind play in the bar. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking down on this bar or any other like it that I played in as I loved my job but when I think of the comparison ….. The Dirty Windaes to the Usher Hall, I think WOW.
My Dad was a good singer and I always got him up for a song at every gig I did. He could have had a good living being an entertainer just like me but he was never encouraged to do this. His generation would have been told, get a job, get a trade. Although my Mum always encouraged me to not ‘put all my eggs in one basket’, my parents let me follow my dreams and bought me that new guitar for Christmas or the upgraded keyboard for my Birthday. For that I’m eternally thankful.
Now I am just as thankful to Sing in the City for coming to the Usher Hall with me. I can see those 2200 audience members sitting down ready for the show in my minds eye. I’m committed to giving them one of the best nights they because they paid good money to come and support us and in return they deserve to see us all at our very best.
I can’t wait to share that stage with you Sing in the City and I look forward to seeing you all there.
There are not many tickets left but feel free to go see if you can grab one of the last 200 http://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/sing-city
What does the Usher Hall mean to you?
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